Failure of Supplementary Ultraviolet Radiation to Enhance Flower Color under Greenhouse Conditions

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Richard M. KleinBotany Department, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405

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In order to determine whether the concentration of floral petal anthocyanin pigments could be increased, ultraviolet radiations in the UV-A and UV-B wavelength bands were presented to a variety of flowering plants to partly restore those wavelengths filtered out by greenhouse glass. In no tested plant did the supplementary ultraviolet radiation enhance floral anthocyanin content. Supplementary UV radiation has no economic value in greenhouse production of flowering plants.

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